June 3, 2012
This July 14, 1912 photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey shows ash from Novarupta's 1912 eruption covering the graveyard and church at Kaguyak (once Douglas) village in Alaska. Photograph taken slightly more than a month after the ashfall. A century after one of the world's largest volcanic eruptions, ash and pumice are still plentiful in Alaska's Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.
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Even a century after one of the world's largest volcanic eruptions, a strong wind still whips up the ash that rained down on what became known as Alaska's Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Pumice chunks still dot the beaches of Kodiak Island across Shelikof Strait.